Fifth about The Seventh

Apache

Apache: Robert Aldrich makes quite an interesting Western; there are no villlains, per se, just people struggling to adapt to the new realities of the times they live. It’s very honest and sugarcoats neither the treatment of Native Americans by the white nor the treatment of women. The journeys the main character goes through are quite impressive, even if they are just glanced at during this tight, short film. If Burt Lancaster characterized as an Apache is a peculiar choice, his athleticism serves the character well, as does his quiet fury; nevertheless, the seriousness of the character steals Lancaster of one of his other greatest assets, his wide smile. Jean Peters is, likewise, an odd choice as far as looks go, but she has a fine chemistry with her co-star. John McIntire turns a good supporting role. Cinematographer Ernest Laszlo captures the beautiful and varied locations quite well.

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